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Self Guided Three Capes Pack-Free Walk

Self Guided Three Capes Walk

4 day Pack-Free walk

Situated on the east coast of Tasmania, this magical and remote landscape showcases stunning vertical sea cliffs unrivalled in the southern hemisphere, secluded beaches, tall forests and the World Heritage Listed Port Arthur Penal Station. Our Three Capes self-guided walk is for those that want a ‘Pack-Free’ experience walking with as little as a day pack with the flexibility to choose how far you walk each day. You’ll walk ‘Cape Raoul’ and ‘Cape Hauy’, plus walk the spectacular rainforest trail of the Tasman Coastal trail as well as Mount Brown and Crescent Bay which overlooks Cape Pillar.

Please note the Three Capes Track walk which is run by Parks Tasmania spends three and a half days walking just the one cape of ‘Cape Pillar’ with an optional side trip to ‘Cape Hauy’ taking 4 days. Our walk includes 2 of the Capes… Cape Raoul and Cape Hauy plus 2 sensational coastal walks offering some of the best scenery on the Tasman Peninsula.

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Our Exclusive Walking APP

Designed by Life's An Adventure

As well as good old fashioned track notes and maps our guests will have access to our state-of-the-art Walking App. Exclusively designed by Life’s An Adventure, this fully interactive Self-Guided Walking App include easy-to-follow walking notes with gps tracking, photos at track junctions and points of interest enroute as well as information about the natural environment. The app will give average walking times, distances for each section and even optional side-trips as well as short and long options for each day’s walk. Customers will also be given the information on the google map platform, so each waypoint on each walk will be triggered when they arrive at that point, whether it be a fork in the track or point of interest. This gives real time feedback so customers know they are where they think they are!

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Pack Free Self Guided Walk

Your overnight bags transported for you

Our self guided walks are Pack-Free. We take care of your overnight bags been transferred to your accommodation so you have the freedom of walking with a small day pack containing your water and lunch.

EPIRB

Personal Emergency Beacon

For extra safety

Our guests have the option of requesting an emergency personal locator beacon to take with you when walking. This extra safety feature will be peace of mind should the unexpected occur.

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Pre-departure On-line meeting

with one of our experienced guides

We offer the service of an online pre-departure meeting with one of the company’s experienced guides to discuss your walk in details. They’ll chat about highlights, any inherent risks, weather forecasts and how to use the EPIRB, plus answer any questions you may have.

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Private transfers

To the trail

Our self-guided walks include private transfers from Hobart in Tasmania to the start of the trail. Our hosts will also transport you to the start of the trail each day. On the final day a transfer will be provided to get you back to Hobart with an airport drop off available enroute if required.

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Flexibility and Freedom

Discover on your own

Self-guided walking holidays offer flexibility and freedom. Customers can discover places at their own pace. They walk independently but follow detailed walk notes, knowing that the notes have been compiled by one of our experienced guides. The beauty of this is our guides know these tracks inside out. They know the best lookouts, scenic lunch stops, and where to get great photos.

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Stewart Bay Lodge

4 star accommodation

Our walking experience spends 3 nights at Stewart Bay Lodge with all daily transfers leaving and returning to your cabin. It’s just short walk to the bay for sunset or go for a walk around the grounds after dark and see the various macropods grazing on the lawns. If you’re an early riser, get up at sun rise and see how many different bird species you can spot.

All cabins have hot showers, a lounge kitchenette and electric blankets, a/c, and heaters for your comfort. The on-site restaurant has free Wifi, an outdoor eating area, bar, and an extensive selection of local wines, spirits and other drinks.

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Superb meals included

featuring Tasmanian Produce

During your walk Gabriel’s Restaurant at the Lodge. The chef will cook and prepare all your meals featuring high quality Tasmanian local produce.
They can also cater for special dietary requirement. Please give us as much details as possible when booking.

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Explore the local attractions

Our walks are designed with ample free time

On our self-guided walk you have the opportunity to visit some of the local attractions in the area as well as walking. Port Arthur Historic Site can be visited on the afternoon of day 3, a short 10 minutes walk from our accommodation. Whilst on day 4 after our walk your driver can provide stops of your choice enroute back to Hobart at no additional cost. Options include the Chocolate Factory or a local winery. A great way to finish your walk.

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Tour Itinerary

Walk Inclusions
Self Guided Three Capes Pack-Free Walk

  • Pack Free walk – carry as little as your water, lunch and camera each day.
  • A walking APP with GPS coordinates on your walk
  • Detailed maps and trail notes
  • Optional used of an EPIRB/PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) if required.
  • Transfers to the trail each day
  • 3 x dinners
  • 3 x packed walker’s lunches
  • 1 x special celebration lunch day 3 at the Lavendar Farm
  • 3 x breakfasts
  • Your backpacks will be transferred
  • Accommodation at Stewarts Bay Lodge with on-site restaurant, just moments’ walk from the bay and a short stroll form the Port Arthur historic site.
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk
  • Transfers from Hobart to Port Arthur and return, as well as transfers to and from all your walks.
  • National Park Pass
  • No Credit Card Fees
Day 1: Cape Raoul
Self Guided Three Capes Pack-Free Walk

DEPARTURE TIME: 7.30am

TRANSFERS: Meet your driver at 7.30am for the 2 hour transfer to the start of your walk. Whilst you are walking your overnight bags will be dropped at your accommodation. Upon completion of your walk, your local driver will meet you and transfer you back to Stewarts Bay and your awaiting cosy accommodation.

WALK GRADE: 16km return trip.  Well-maintained, gravel trails with few-to-no trip or slip hazards.  Some large hills to descend and climb.  Medium-grade.  Average-to-decent fitness required. 5-6 hours walking, with frequent breaks.

WALK ITINERARY:
Our walk begins at the southern end of the Tasman National Park (at the time of writing, Tasmania’s newest National Park).  Beginning with a climb up a shallow gradient, we embark through a wet sclerophyll forest, the canopy dominated by mess-mate stringybark and Tasmanian blue gum.  As we near the top of our ascent, these large eucalypts give way to open woodland, populated by endemic silver peppermints.  From here, high atop a 450-metre cliff, we can see all the way out to the end of Cape Raoul and our destination. Next, we descend through a cool, south-facing slope populated by ferns, musk and dogwood, before we reach the plateau of Cape Raoul and the gorgeous, thick coastal heathland. Finally, we will arrive at the tip of the cape, where we are greeted with stunning views of the rugged coast and a small Australian fur seal haul at the base of the cliffs.

Upon our return to the car park, where you will meet your local driver, it is but a 25 minute return journey to your accommodation and a dinner of delicious Tasmanian produce in the Lodge’s restaurant.

Day 2: Tasman Coastal Trail
Self Guided Three Capes Pack-Free Walk

TRANSFERS: A 30-minute drive, from your accommodation to the start of the walk.  Meet your driver at 8:00 am after breakfast at the restaurant entrance. Upon completion of your walk, your driver will meet you in Fortescue Bay, to take you back to your accommodation.

WALK GRADE: 17.6km. Rugged and un-graded trail with fallen trees and branches to climb over.  Can be muddy and slippery after rain.  Steep climb at the start of the day.  Day total includes 1km of ascent and 1.2km of descent.  Medium-to-hard-grade.  Good fitness required.  6.5-8.5 hours walking, with frequent breaks.

WALK ITINERARY:  We begin the day with a climb through a mixed forest, punctuated with Tasmanian rainforest species, as we follow a Camp Creek up Lichen Hill.  Reaching the summit, we are given wonderful views to the north of Maria Island and the Freycinet Peninsula. Descending the southern side, we trail through remnant myrtle forests, survivors of the 1967 bushfires, which wiped out most of the cloud-induced rainforest that once grew here.

The habitat dries out as we once-again reach the coast and travel atop the high cliff-line path, with views out to Cape Hauy and the Hippolyte Rocks.  Dropping back down to sea level, in Bivouac Bay, we then climb up and over a hill, into Canoe Bay, where the shipwreck of the William Pitt lies foundered.  From here we skirt around the coast, until finding ourselves on the gleaming white sands of the objectively beautiful Fortescue Bay. From here a 35 minute drive will bring you back to your accommodation and the pleasures that await.

Day 3: Cape Hauy
Self Guided Three Capes Pack-Free Walk

TRANSFERS: After breakfast, your driver will meet you the restaurant entrance and drive you the 35 minutes back to Fortescue Bay, where you finished yesterday’s walk, and where you will begin today’s.  Upon completion of your walk your driver will meet you and take you back to the accommodation.

WALK GRADE: 10km return. Well maintained track, consisting of stone stairs and gravelled paths. Distance is short, but includes 4488 stairs.  Average-to-decent fitness required. 4-5 hours walking, with frequent breaks.

ITINERARY:  Beginning in Fortescue Bay, we head east along the coast of Cape Hauy.  Climbing through a habitat of oyster bay pines and native cherry, we eventually reach a plateau, and trail through a heathland of flowers.  Coming eventually to a stunning lookout, we are graced with views out to the end of Cape Hauy.  Descending and ascending a number of times, we reach the end of the walk, where we find the famous Totem Pole, jutting out from the sea below us, with exceptional views in every direction.  Heading back to the carpark you will find your driver who will take you back to the accommodation. This afternoon enjoy free time, you may like to visit the nearby historic Port Arthur or simply relax at the lodge.

Day 4: Mount Brown and Crescent Bay
Self Guided Three Capes Pack-Free Walk

TRANSFERS:  After breakfast, your driver will arrive to pick you up, along with all your luggage and personal belongings. It is then a 20-minute drive to the Remarkable Cave car park, where you will begin your walk. Upon completion of your walk, your driver will slowly head back to Hobart with optional stops on the way available at the Lavender Farm, Vineyard and or Chocolate Factory.

WALK GRADE:  7km return.  Boardwalks and gravel footpaths. Short climb up Mt. Brown involves walking up ungraded rock slabs – easy but can be slippery in the wet.  Easy-grade.  Average fitness required. 3-4 hours (depending on time spent at beach).

ITINERARY: Beginning just next to Remarkable Cave, we sidle along the coast, going through beautiful heathlands, which belie the rugged cliffs and pounding swell all around us.  Passing over heavily rooted sand dunes, we span a blowhole before coming to the intersection of Mt. Brown and Crescent Bay.  Climbing Mt. Brown gives some of the best views the peninsula has to offer nestled, as it is, between Cape Raoul and Cape Pillar.  After descending, it is an easy diversion down into Crescent Bay and the beautiful sands and large dunes which loom above it.

Heading back to the car park, your driver will meet you with a stop at the Lavender Farm for a special Celebratory Lunch. optional stops available on the way back to Hobart including the Lavendar Farm. Afterwards, your driver can tailor-make your journey back with a stop at a winery and/or chocolate factory before dropping you safely back in Hobart, where you may enjoy the pleasures our beautiful capital city has to offer.  (Please advise your driver if you need to be dropped off directly at Hobart airport).

ARRIVAL TIME:  6:00pm

Average Weather
Self Guided Three Capes Pack-Free Walk

This track can be walked all year round. The warmest months to walk in Tasmania are between December and March with average daily temperatures between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius, whilst Spring and Autumn are also pleasant walking conditions.

 

Tour Prices

and selecting a date of your choice

With self-guided walks you are able to choose a date of your choice subject to availability.
This is a seasonal walk - the best times to walk are between September and May, but it is also available all year round.

Once you make your booking, it will remain pending until we confirm availability at your accommodation, once this is done we will contact you to make your deposit/payment. Please do not book flights until your walk is confirmed.


FIRST TIME TRAVELLER
$ 1899 /p

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$ 1799 /p

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$ Xtras /p

SOLO TRAVELLERS
Unfortunately due to safety reasons we require a minimum of 2 walkers on our self guided walks.

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your booking.
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • Your detailed self-guided kit will be sent to you 6 weeks prior to your walk.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, lost luggage, illness, etc.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: 4/23 Narabang Way,
    Belrose NSW 2085.

    WALKING THE THREE CAPES:
    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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